• Seniors’ happy place celebrates 2nd anniversary

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    Ikebana class participant Imelda Elido

    Ikebana class participant Imelda Elido

    Sunshine Place, a senior hub under the Felicidad Tan Sy Foundation, just celebrated its second anniversary with art, music and lots of laughter.

    Located in Makati City, Sunshine Place is a venue for adults to live actively—through engaging in recreational classes and age-appropriate physical training programs—to be entertained, to socialize and to reflect; a place of happiness and wellness for one’s mind, body and soul.

    With its retro party theme, the anniversary celebration was a memorable get-together of the students, participants and instructors of Sunshine Place’s various classes and activities. Voice students Gil Cortez, Rogelio Vinluan and Elize Lirag shared their renditions of well-loved songs by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Anne Murray. Yeba students re-lived the 1978 American musical-romantic co­medy, Grease in their dance number as Social Ballroom students performed with wonderful hits from the ‘80s.

    Felicidad Sy and Sunshine Place President Lizanne Uychaco (third and fourth from left) with class instructors Fidel Sarmiento, Tere Buiser, Oscar Peñaranda and Barbara Gonzalez

    Felicidad Sy and Sunshine Place President Lizanne Uychaco (third and fourth from left) with class instructors Fidel Sarmiento, Tere Buiser, Oscar Peñaranda and Barbara Gonzalez

    Furthermore, members enjoyed Chair & Le Bran dancing, and a very special performance by Penthouse 7’s Sandy Hontiveros, Milky Evangelista, Pipo Liboro and Boyet Sison of The Penthouse Live dance party on TV of the 1970s.

    One of the highlights of the event was an art exhibit featuring the works of Sunshine Place members in ceramic acrylic and watercolor painting, as well as Ikebana, memoir writing, Discover Writing and Phenomenal! classes. Special awards were also given to the Sunshine Place’s most active members during the event.

    Felicidad Sy was the guest of honor during the event, and was joined by Sunshine Place President Lizanne Uychaco, painting instructors Fidel Sarmiento and Tere Buiser, Discover Writing/Phenomenal! instructor Barbara Gonzalez and Memoir Writing instructor Dr. Oscar Peñaranda.

    The center offers a wide range of activities for its members and guests. There are Ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) tutorials, writing classes, music and voice lessons; Yeba and social ballroom dance classes; and nutrition counseling and customized fitness training programs. One can also take time to reflect in the chapel that is open every day and holds a 12:15 p.m. mass every Friday.

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